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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Australian VPNs Could Be Blocked: Another Warning

Australian VPNs Could Be Blocked: Another Warning

Australian VPNs Could Be Blocked: Another Warning

Added: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
According to the local consumer advocacy group, despite the fact the copyright bill is designed to target BitTorrent, virtual private networks (VPNs) could also be blocked under new legislation.


It is known that VPNs are used by hundreds of thousands people in the country to access overseas content on the Internet, but now their activity is under the threat, because VPNs could be blocked by the Copyright Amendment Bill 2015.

If passed, the bill will enable the rights holders to apply for a federal court order and require ISPs to block overseas websites infringing or facilitating the infringement of their rights. This legislation is designed to target file-sharing websites, like The Pirate Bay, but there are concerns that other online services could fall victim.

According to statistics, at least 684,000 Australian households use VPNs in order to bypass geoblocks and access overseas material. WikiLeaks recently revealed that Sony Pictures has been lobbying Netflix to prevent users from navigating to its international websites to access content. At the time, the Australian users that have signed up to American or British Netflix services were specifically mentioned. The critics also questioned the effectiveness of the bill when BitTorrent portals can close down and operate from a different Internet location.

At the moment, the Australian legislation is unclear regarding the legality of using Virtual Private Networks to access legitimate services that are blocked in Australia, but such activity may be considered copyright infringement.

If passed, the bill should ensure the use of VPNs to access legitimate material doesn’t constitute a copyright infringement. Of course, a more effective method of dealing with illegal file-sharing is to introduce legitimate services in Australia, which can offer content in a timely and affordable matter.

In the meantime, the representatives of the music industry note that new legitimate services should not be made to compete with illegal ones. Despite the fact that Australia has 30 legitimate digital musical distribution services, the problem of piracy still persists. Apparently, the industry has to make it easier for people to invest in legal services, educate them on such services, and make it harder to access illegal services.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-04-28 17:04:10)
No avatarconsidering games like WoW are using peer 2 peer transfer for updates I can't see how the Aus government can honestly justify banning p2p or vpn without backlash from major subscription services. Telstra many years ago tried to ban p2p transfer, and tried to shape users who were using p2p. My own wow experience suffered for a short period, but the barrage of account cancellations they received, was enough for them to dump that idea pretty damn quick.
I wish the media industry would just step up and accept they have been ripping the Australian consumer off since day dot, and accept that if they wishfor people to pay for their goods, then they had better make them as readily available as any other country. I have a Netflix account, I have a crunchy roll account, which I pay for each month, however most big name tv shows, are unviewable in Australia for both sites. Hell South Africa and Mexico have a larger list of shows available than Australia. I have mentioned before that the tv and movies that are being copied the most, should be released for free as a peer2peer file, with advertisements, or self deletion code embedded. Views for Cable T.V and Cinema releases, are being slowly but surely beaten by internet releases, or illegal downloads. It's time the industry stepped into the 21st century, and started taking responsibility themselves for the illegal access to their programs. As for music, NOONE in their right mind is going to pay $25-$50 for a cd from a store, hen they can rip it after/during their stream. people used to put Tapes into the radio, and record their favorite songs onto a tape off the radio, in a sense ripping a streamed file, is no worse.

posted by (2015-04-28 18:55:05)
No avatarIt will never happen. The $Dollar is more powerful than anything. Once people start to cancel subscriptions to services like netflix and so on.

posted by (2015-04-28 19:00:07)
No avatarOr build your own vpn . Google it.

posted by (2015-04-29 01:41:03)
brianic2012 avatar"Hamachi logmein" is One Option... seems to work well...just a few minutes setup on each pc ..and Now Running My Own VPN..all ecrypted and Private.

posted by (2015-04-29 03:18:30)
No avatarSo why does Australian ISP provide hundreds of gigs of data for home plan if you cant download any video materials? we going to read the newspaper 500GB every month..? aussie ISPs must think we youtube 24/7..

posted by (2015-04-29 06:19:23)
kaiser avatarThis is what always ask, what do you DL with unlimited BB? If access is stopped somehow I for one will not be forking out big bucks to read my emails!!! The Aussie gov is spending big buck for NBN so we can pay heaps for the service and then more to DL crummy B grade movies you have to watch in 24hrs! Ridiculous.

posted by (2015-04-29 08:21:00)
edddy avataryou can download tons of music and movies with soolseek there is no server you dl directly from another computer.

posted by Kitty (2015-04-29 08:22:56)
Crash1 avatarIf VPN's are blocked the government will screw up its own infrastructure, as many Defence and Government departments will no longer be accessible from offsite locations. Some Politicians even use VPN or similar services to access their office computers from home, and many Military bases use private encrypted VPN's to communicate, making access to them VITAL to the running of the country. I doubt the legislation will survive scrutiny if all access to these services were to be blocked. (and if the Poli's left THEMSELVES exempt from the legislation [like the Americans do] they'd never survive the next election ... Aussies won't tolerate bullsh!t like THAT!)

posted by (2015-04-30 00:20:22)
brianic2012 avatar@#8 you very correct..Allot of very important services Use VPN ..Like Banks, Financial market, Stock Exchange, Real estate, If Would be a Major Blow To Our Economy..

It Is Just A Rumour...But Won't Happen When They Realise That... The GOV is Just Annoyed Because They know they are Giving Away More Money and Still Losing The Battle ..

The Biggest Loser In The End Will Be Telstra And Its Share Holder's When Everyone cut's back there Internet To 20 gig Plans ... after All Every Isp In Australia Rent There Lines From Telstra..

And Streaming these new services doen't Affect Your Download Limit apparently...if everyone Changes To Presto,Stan,Netfux The NBN Won't be Able Too cope in peak hours....

Netlix Is Nasty And Have Done This worldwide... Foxtel Is Doomed!

And I Won't Pay To Watch Tv,If I Was Happy To Do That Would Have Got Fuxtel Ages Ago..I will just Find a New Hobby ... Like Hacking ...and Get My Favourite Shows On DVD At The Market Like We all Used Too....

Long Live Piracy!!!.. we will always find A Way!!

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